Audio Track 18: Dr. Keirsey talks about an assignment to pick a behavior that could be considered a mad tactic.
Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982. They were rediscovered after his death by chance and some sections of the tapes were partly recovered. This post is the edited eighteenth audio track. The eighteenth is and will be the last. There are no other tracks recoverable.
Track 1: The beginning of History of Madness lecture course
He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”. In these last few recovered lectures, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness” based social field theory and Temperament. He continued to work on his theory (off and on) for the next 30 years.
Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:
“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”
Track 17: continues discussion of “madness”
This track he talks about an assignment for the people in the class.
Choose “mad” behavior of the labeled patient: translate into German and Latin.
Qualifies as a form of madness: show how it is unreasonable, unpleasant, and unceasing.
Speculate (guess) what it does for the labeled patient: what does he/she get out of it.
What other tactics are used by the labeled patient?